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George
Friedman

The future of international politics and economics.

Profile

George Friedman is an internationally recognized geopolitical forecaster and bestselling author. As Founder and Chairman of Geopolitical Futures, a new online publication dedicated to forecasting the course of global events, Friedman combines his passion for writing and publishing for his readers worldwide who follow international affairs.

Current work

A very popular keynote speaker on the future of international geopolitics, Friedman is in high demand at numerous conferences and industry-specific events. He has briefed for many major military and government organizations and is frequently invited to speak internationally.

Friedman appears regularly as an expert on international affairs and intelligence on major television and radio networks and is frequently quoted in leading American and international news publications.

Previous experience

Founder: Prior to founding Geopolitical Futures, Friedman guided the intellectual vision of Stratfor, the geopolitical intelligence publishing and consulting firm he founded in 1996.

Author: Friedman is the author of numerous New York Times bestselling books. His most recent book, Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe (2015), predicts the borderlands where centuries old tensions are re-emerging and will spark new conflicts. The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century (2009), predicts the geopolitical changes shaping the 21st century and was published in over 20 languages. The prescience of Friedman’s geopolitical predictions keep this book alive as they continue to unfold in many countries. Friedman’s The Next Decade: Where We've Been and Where We're Going (2011), was also a bestseller. His other books on warfare and intelligence have included America's Secret War, The Future of War and The Intelligence Edge.

Education: Friedman received his bachelor’s degree from the City College of the City University of New York and holds a Ph.D. in government from Cornell University. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Expertise
Talking Points

Keynote Presentation on the Future of International Politics and Economics

In his fascinating presentation Dr. Friedman explains how in the long view, history is seen as a series of events, but the course of those events is determined by individuals and their actions. During the next ten years, individual leaders will face significant transitions for their nations: the United States' relationships with Iran and Israel will be undergoing changes, China will likely confront a major crisis, and the wars in the Islamic world will subside. Unexpected energy and technology developments will emerge, and labor shortages will begin to matter more than financial crises. Dr. Friedman will analyse these events from the perspectives of the men and women leading these global changes, focusing in particular on the American president, who will require extraordinary skills to shepherd the United States through this transitional period. Dr. Friedman's presentation is a provocative and fascinating look at the conflicts and opportunities that lie ahead.
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